Dr. Gerard Platenburg is co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer at ProQR. He obtained his Master’s degree in Chemistry and Molecular Biology from Leiden University in 1987 and pursued his Ph.D. at Leiden University. Gerard worked at Isa Pharmaceuticals B.V. as its Chief Executive Officer. Gerard co-founded Prosensa Holding N.V., growing it to become a well-known clinical stage RNA modulation company, and held various positions including Chief Executive Officer and Chief Development Officer. Gerard also worked at Pharming B.V. Gerard has an extensive background in RNA modulation and orphan drug discovery and development and is currently in charge of our Innovation unit. Gerard has more than twenty five years of senior managerial experience in growing biotech companies. He is a passionate and driven pioneer of early stage technologies.